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[vas] /væs/
noun, plural vasa
[vey-suh] /ˈveɪ sə/ (Show IPA).
Anatomy, Zoology, Botany.
a vessel or duct.
Origin of vas
First recorded in 1645-55, vas is from the Latin word vās vessel


variant of vaso- before a vowel:
vasectomy. Unabridged
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  • He vandt to pe in ze bataille: he vas in ze bataille—seven lance troo 'im, seven; Peecton, Inglis Officer.

  • Sister Mariechen vas sitting on a pench, and she ask me what I want.

    Boyhood Leo Tolstoy
  • I vas not strong enough to carry Pertrand; he could not valk no more; but ve haf ein pig lot trunken.

  • “I vas not do nuzzin,” replied Jan quietly, continuing to wipe his face.

    The Island Treasure John Conroy Hutcheson
  • If he vas a sample off der neighbors around here, I dinks I stop no more.

    Fritz to the Front Edward L. Wheeler
  • It vas not so soft, sleeping on Frau Nature's heart in the desert, nicht wahr!

    The Forbidden Trail Honor Willsie
  • Und I got to pay more for food, und it ain't so good as it vas, und mine customers find it out und dey don't come back to me!

    The Pot Boiler Upton Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for vas


noun (pl) vasa (ˈveɪsə)
(anatomy, zoology) a vessel, duct, or tube that carries a fluid
Word Origin
C17: from Latin: vessel


combining form
a variant of vaso-
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Word Origin and History for vas

plural vasa, Latin, literally "vessel." Vas deferens (plural vasa defferentia) is from 1570s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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vas in Medicine

vas (vās)
n. pl va·sa (vā'zə)
An anatomical duct or canal conveying any liquid, such as blood, lymph, chyle, or semen.

vas- pref.
Variant of vaso-.

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